Jeff Madsen, the 2006 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, is on a serious heater. At one point today, he was down to 1,400 chips, but moments ago, we walked by his table in the Silver Section of the Brasilia Room to see that his stack has ballooned to over 30,000 chips.
"I've won six of the last eight hands," he told us.
When Madsen won his first bracelet in 2006, he was only 21 years and five weeks old, making him the youngest player to do so at the time. He found himself at three more final tables that same summer, and won a second bracelet as well. Since 2006 however, Madsen has only reached two WSOP final tables (one in Vegas), and in 2011, he only earned $33,218 in live tournaments.
There's definitely no quit in Madsen though - he still grinds the majority of the events here at the WSOP, and is determined to recapture some of the magic he experienced in 2006. He's off to a great start today, and we'll see if he can parlay it into a deep run.
"I don't drink when I play," we overheard Robert Mizrachi say moments ago.
"Yeah," Men "The Master" Nguyen returned. "Your boss doesn't let you."
"Who's my boss?" Mizrachi asked.
"I drink every time I play," Nguyen professed.
Nguyen is currently nursing an ice-cold beer, and he's sitting comfortably with 17,400 chips.
If you frequent the World Series of Poker often enough, it's easy to forget how special these events are. For the majority of poker players, it's a dream come true the first time they sit down at the table, even if they're unable to get anything going on the felt.
Minutes ago, a gentleman was all in holding on a board. Lisandro had him at risk, holding , and the on the river gave the 2009 WSOP Player of the Year the wheel. The player who had just been eliminated stood up, smiled, and proudly announced, "This was my first ever World Series of Poker event."
"Really?" Lisandro asked with a smile.
"See you tomorrow, then," Daniel Negreanu added.
The player politely asked Negreanu if he'd take a picture with him, and Negreanu happily agreed. After taking the picture, the table bid the gentleman adieu and he left grinning, despite falling nearly 400 spots from the money.
That's the WSOP for you.